Union min Suresh Gopi visits former CM E K Nayanar's house in Kalliasseri

Emphasising the personal nature of the visit, Nayanar's wife Sarada noted that Suresh Gopi and his family have had a close relationship with her family, and such visits were not unusual.
Suresh Gopi offering garlands at Mararji Smrithi shrine at Payyambalam beach in Kannur
Suresh Gopi offering garlands at Mararji Smrithi shrine at Payyambalam beach in KannurExpress Photo By E Gokul

KOZHIKODE/KANNUR : Union Minister Suresh Gopi on Wednesday visited the house of former CM E K Nayanar at Kalliasseri in Kannur and interacted with his family, including the late CM’s wife Sarada. Later, Sarada described Suresh Gopi’s visit as apolitical.

Emphasising the personal nature of the visit, Sarada noted that Suresh Gopi and his family have had a close relationship with her family for many years, and such visits were not unusual.

“There is nothing new about Suresh visiting our house,” Sarada said. “He has visited our house many times before. There is no politics in his visit. I do not ask the politics of those who come to my house.”

Sarada, wife of late EK Nayanar, handing over the book Ormakalil Ente Priya Sakhavu written by herself, to Union Minister of State Suresh Gopi.
Sarada, wife of late EK Nayanar, handing over the book Ormakalil Ente Priya Sakhavu written by herself, to Union Minister of State Suresh Gopi.Express Photo By E Gokul

Suresh Gopi has often expressed his admiration for Nayanar. Reflecting on their relationship, he once shared a heartfelt message on social media with a photo of himself and Sarada, stating, “There was a chief minister like this in Kerala. Why did you depart so early, leaving us orphaned? We Malayalees need your presence now more than ever.”

Suresh Gopi visited Nayanar’s house after a series of temple visits in Kozhikode and Kannur.

Starting his day with a visit to the Tali Temple in Kozhikode at 6 am, he later proceeded to Mararji Bhavan. He visited several places in Kannur on Wednesday.

After offering prayers at the Thiruvarkadu Bhagavathy Temple (Madayi Kavu), he visited the Rajarajeswara Temple and the Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple. He also paid floral tributes at the Mararji memorial in Payyambalam before heading to the Kottiyoor temple and subsequently returning to Thrissur.

The premises of Tali temple in Kozhikode was crowded with party workers and worshippers who had gathered to welcome Minister Suresh Gopi. The temple authorities organised a grand reception for the MP, by conducting a special pooja. Expressing his gratitude towards the people who placed their trust in him, Suresh Gopi stated, “I was chosen by the people, guided by their faith.”

Gopi emphasised that he won by securing votes from all segments of society and highlighted the significant responsibilities that come with his role as India’s tourism minister. He pointed out the extensive work required for Kerala’s progress.

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